The sim­plest, fastest and most ef­fec­tive ways to take years off—in an in­stant.

Canadian Living - - Contents - TEXT JU­LIA MCEWEN

Take years off your look in an in­stant with th­ese quick tricks

Less Is More

Keep eye makeup clean and sim­ple. Use a cream con­cealer on the in­ner cor­ner of your eyes to in­stantly brighten your en­tire face and make you look well rested. In­stead of re­ly­ing on dark eye­shadow or eye­liner to de­fine your eyes, let your lashes be the fo­cal point. MAYBELLINE NEW YORK To­tal Temp­ta­tion Mas­cara, $12, wal­mart.ca.

Sweat Sesh

Health Canada rec­om­mends adults get at least 2½ hours of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity per week, ben­e­fit­ing your body, mind and face. Car­dio boosts cir­cu­la­tion, de­liv­er­ing oxy­gen and nu­tri­ents to cells. Plus, sweat­ing opens pores and helps loosen dirt. INVISIBOBBLE Multi­band, $11, beau­ty­bou­tique.ca.

Brows That Wow

Just like a new hair­style can trim away the years, a well-groomed set of arches can give a youth­ful look. If you’ve plucked away most of your brows, or if you’re start­ing to see nat­u­ral thin­ning with age, con­sider us­ing a brow pen­cil or a brow gel. An­other op­tion is tint­ing. BEN­E­FIT Brow Con­tour Pro, $42, ben­e­fit­cos­met­ics.com.

Peace Out, Pow­der

Noth­ing can make you ap­pear older faster than makeup that has set­tled into ev­ery line and wrin­kle. If you have dry skin, skip pow­der al­to­gether; if you have oily skin, pro­ceed with cau­tion and use it spar­ingly. Feel naked with­out a dust­ing? Opt for a light-dif­fus­ing translu­cent pow­der, rather than a matte, opaque ver­sion. ILIA Soft Fo­cus Fin­ish­ing Pow­der, $41, sephora.ca.

Get Your Glow On

Youth­ful skin is lu­mi­nous. The quick­est way to fake that glow is with high­light­ing. Stick to cream or other highly emol­lient for­mu­las for the most nat­u­ral ef­fect. BOBBI BROWN Ex­tra Il­lu­mi­nat­ing Mois­ture Balm, $68, bob­bibrown­cos­met­ics.com.

Pulled Back

Wear­ing your hair down or pulled back into a low bun won’t make you look more youth­ful. In­stead, try a taut pony­tail, says Brid­get Brager, celebrity hair­styl­ist for Herbal Essences. It pulls the cheek­bones up vis­ually, mak­ing the face seem more lifted. GOODY Ouch­less Clear La­tex Elas­tics, $5/pkg of 52, wal­mart.ca.

Blush Up

“As we en­ter our 40s, we be­gin to see vol­ume loss in the cheeks and chin, brought on by a de­crease in fa­cial fat, ” says Toronto-based plas­tic sur­geon and Spamed­ica founder Dr. Stephen Mul­hol­land. If der­mal fillers are off the ta­ble, try blush to create the il­lu­sion of full­ness. STILA Con­vert­ible Color, $33, beau­ty­bou­tique.ca.

White Now

Pearly whites can take a few years off your ap­pear­ance. Try Crest’s new­est at-home sys­tem: Strips are used in con­junc­tion with a blue light so you can DIY with pro­fes­sional re­sults. CREST 3D White Whitestrips With Light, $120, wal­mart.ca.

Prime Time

Skin gets thin­ner and drier with age, so lines and wrin­kles be­come more prom­i­nent. Ap­ply­ing primer be­fore makeup helps min­i­mize the ap­pear­ance of fine lines and pores by fill­ing them in with a light-re­flect­ing primer. CHANEL Le Blanc Light Cre­ator Bright­en­ing Makeup Base, $58, chanel.ca.

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